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Alphablock

This highly inventive board book encourages children to explore the alphabet and associated words. Using guessing games and touch, it teaches the child all the different features of each letter, with vintage-style illustrations that celebrate the letterforms.


Clockwork Three

Kirby blends sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction in this story about three children who are thrown together to conquer a major threat. This is one of those rare books that touches the heart and excites the mind. Definitely a story to savor.


Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go

In this fun read about a reform school where "darned" kids go until they turn 18, two great characters plan their escape from Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. Tweens will love the clever wordplay and smattering of gross humor.


The Singer of All Songs: The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Vol. 1

The first in a trilogy, Singer of All Songs is richly woven and full of fascinating characters. Constable paints the imagery with care. The story tells of the power and the magic of singing, and will hold you spellbound, looking forward to the second installment.


Midnight Blue

This is a haunting, complex fantasy that deals in parallel worlds, both with their very real problems and risks. Highly recommended by Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time.


The Frog Princess

This debut novel follows the adventures of fourteen-year-old Princess Emeralda and the talking frog she meets one day in the swamp. The frog begs her to give him a kiss so that he will turn back into Prince Eadric, his identity before an evil witch turned him into an amphibian. When the young royal obliges, she too is transformed into a frog, and the two leap off in search of the spell-casting witch to ask her to reverse her handiwork. Great fun!


Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

The true tale of an unlikely friendship, Owen and Mzee is an important illustration of peace and camaraderie, especially in these fraught times. Filled with wonderful photographs that will warm the heart, this is truly a story to be savored.


Americans Who Tell the Truth

The quotes and brief biographies in Americans Who Tell the Truth are a perfect introduction to begin discussions with children about patriotism, truth, and integrity. Some of America's most memorable and admirable historical figures, from a broad range of society, including scientists, writers, activists, and musicians, are represented. Great for personal libraries and classrooms.


The Silver Donkey

In this poignant and captivating story, two sisters find a wounded soldier in the woods. They take care of him, and in return, he tells them four beautiful tales about a humble donkey. This is a moving story of war and peace, devotion and compassion—the perfect story for adults and children to read together.


The Castle Corona

A wonderfully illustrated tale that will delight and entertain readers. Creech's stories are full of wisdom, and tales woven with wizards, kings, queens, and peasants still ring true in our present age. A wonderful gift for this time of the year.


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